Apr 07, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Spider Explosion, Cannibal Trilobites, Extraterrestrial Civilizations and More Mysterious News Briefly

Mysterious News Briefly — April 7, 2022

The tourists heading to the International Space Station on the next SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule will be wearing special “high-density dry EEG” headsets that will map changes in their brain activity during spaceflight while making them look somewhat dorky. The ‘right stuff’ is slowly becoming the wrong fluff.

Dogs, not wolves, became a human’s best friend because dogs have more “fast-twitch” muscle fibers in their faces which give them greater facial mobility and faster muscle movement to make cuter facial expressions than wolves – those are the findings of a new study by the Department of Physical Therapy at Rangos School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University. Cats could probably do the same thing but they just don’t care to.

The World Spider Catalog, based at the Natural History Museum of Bern in Switzerland, announced there are now 50,000 known different species of spider on Earth and there might be 50,000 yet to be discovered. So many spiders … so few magazines to roll up.

The Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, Spain, has a new exhibition called “The Essence of a Painting: An Olfactory Exhibition” where an oil painting called “The Sense of Smell,” a work created by Belgian artists Jan Brueghel the Elder and Peter Paul Rubens between 1617 and 1618, is enhanced with ten scents inspired by it –including an amber-scented leather glove, orange blossoms, jasmine, roses, lilies, daffodils, civet (a perfume ingredient made from the secretions of a carnivorous cat) and nard (an oil derived from a flowering plant). Sounds intriguing … until you realize Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” would smell like a barnyard.

Residents of Mersin, Turkey, are flocking to see a one-of-a-kind mutant baby goat that was born hairless with jet-black wrinkled skin and is being dressed in baby clothes by its owners. Check the photos – we’re not ‘kidding’.

It’s not just human puberty that’s occurring earlier … a new study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology reveals researchers examined a collection of more than 50,000 eggs at Chicago’s Field Museum and found that birds are now building nests and laying eggs an average of 25 days earlier than they did in the past – a phenomenon the researchers attribute to climate change. For chickens, there is no sunny side up.

Cannibalism may be a natural thing -- a paleontologist examining trilobite fossils from the Emu Bay Shale formation on Kangaroo Island in South Australia found two trilobite species that regularly consumed their fellow trilobites 540 million years ago. Meme alert -- they put the ‘bite’ in trilobite while living in a ‘trilobite-eat-trilobite’ world.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently issued a formal apology to the estimated 4,000 people accused of witchcraft in the country between the 16th and 18th centuries under the Witchcraft Act – an estimated two-thirds of these mostly women were executed before the law was repealed in 1736. It’s too bad this won’t put an end to politicians wrongly using the term “witch hunt.”

Proving dinosaurs were resilient, researchers studying a set of mysterious, well-preserved tracks at the Las Hoyas site in Spain determined one odd-shaped print was from the foot of a therapod who lost it, possibly in a fight, and learned to adapt and walk with a limp. Get ready for the movie “Jurassic Rehab.”

The newly obtained Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) document on UFO experiences and alien contacts also revealed the Pentagon determined there are a possible 4,590 extraterrestrial civilizations in the universe and was working on the best ways to contact them. Are emojis and memes on their list?

Those creative and sometimes bored engineers at MIT are working to perfect a robot that can dress humans – a challenging task requiring the robot to have a short field of vision so it doesn’t injure the person while putting the clothes on them. Please don’t give the robot a sense of humor or we’ll all end up dressed like clowns.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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